Skincare

Miamii Mansour

Hello!

How are you my beauties and the Bae?!

Today, I’m doing a ‘Get The Look’ without the DNA and facial expressions (cos I didn’t purchase those from a drugstore)…

As you can see, I’m back to rocking the fringe that I rock so well! My forehead’ll tell you that it needs it right now… Why? Well, I’ve heard of two-faced people, but never of two headed ones (aside from those conjoined twins, obvs). That’s right, I’m referring to the MAMMOTH ZIT that has pitched up on the left side of my forehead. It hurts like a an absolute B I T — CHHHHHHHHHHH! But, let’s save that rant for another post, shall we?

Aside from the fact that Mount Everest has decided to locate itself on my person (the best way it knows how), things are relatively doing well (complexion wise).

Now, as you can tel from the name of this post, I have updated my makeup routine, and am thoroughly impressed with it – even if I do say so myself… So, without further ado, let’s get down to BUSINESS!

Prep & Prime:

LUSH Cup O’ Coffee (post coming soon)

All I’ll say is, if you’re a fan of your own face (and coffee, that helps), you’ll LOVE this! It’s a mask and scrub (2 in 1), working an absolute treat to clear, cleanse and exfoliate. It leaves your skin so smooth and soft, smelling like the best thing I’ve ever smelled since Nescafé Gold Blend in the process.

LUSH Eau Roma Water

BAE! … I swear that I must mention this product in every beauty-related post. I’m a woman obsessed… I’ve posted about it so much on here that you only have to type the name of it in the search bar to see umpteen posts come up.

Kiehl’s Power Strength Fine-Line Reducing Serum

For the second time in one post, I’ve recently mentioned this on my blog too. Therefore, if you want to read my thoughts – scroll down. Don’t worry though, I’ll sum it up here for you… It’s a saviour for my nasalobials, my fellow smilers would know what I’m talking about.

This Works In Transit Camera Close Up (full post coming soon)

Again, I’ve mentioned this a previous Glossybox post but have yet to write a full post dedicated to its loveliness. However, I’d like you to know that I’m on it. Trust me.

Base:

Primer: L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base

Another regular on this blog… I plug this bad boy every chance I get. What an actual LOVER in (and for) the FACE!

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Here’s another thing I’ve featured on my blog previously… If I want to know what I thought, go check it out. Don’t want to? Fine, be like that! Read on to find out.

I absolutely love it. It smells increds and just suits my skin tone/type very well. It’s the only liquid foundation that works well me…

If you’ follow my blog closely, you’ll know I usually love to review creamy and thick foundations… I’m changing it up. This is a good alternative.

Concealer: Bourjois Healthy Mix (post coming soon)

Yes, I know I said “I don’t use concealer” countless times before… What can I say? There’s a first time for everything (like all the legendary young people who went to vote yesterday, thank you and well done!).

I am converted. I apply this under my eyes, on my chin and the bridge of my nose and Cupid’s bow. Funny story, I was in M&S, at the self-checkouts, and the voiceover woman started piping up about an “unexpected product in the baggage area” when nothing was on it… I then realised that it may actually be my eye-bags that are causing the alarm. (Yeah, I know). The poor woman must’ve facial recognised my head and noticed 2 tonnes of baggage under my lids and thought ‘do we sell that? That’s unexpected. Let’s sound the alarm’. Savage beach!

That, right there, is why I have begun wearing concealer.

Setting Powder: MAC Studio Fix

This is the only powder I use. I love it and (like most things in this post) have raved about it plenty of times on here. Go find it like Nemo and Dory.

Contour: Bourjois Delice de Poudre Duo (coming soon)

I know I’ve said some pretty negative/constructive things about this product before… However, I have learned to love it (and use it appropriately).

I used it when I was a teen (because just about every girl in my year and school did) but didn’t like it at the time because it made me look like Tanmom.

However, since becoming somewhat of a “contour connoisseur”, I now love it. It also helps that I have a shade that matches my skin tone (which I didn’t before).

(There’s a Highlighter shade attached in the packaging, I highlight the bridge of my nose and Cupid’s bow along with the areas above the cheeks).

Benefit Hoola… (yes, two bronzers! 😍)

Just when I thought I was doing a new “Get The Look”, I realise that every product in this ‘new look’ (or most of them) has been featured on #BeautyBae. I think I should change the name of this post to “recycling all the makeup products featured to create a new look”… Hmm, needs work!

Anyway, yeah, this is what I mix the Bourjois bronzer with to create more chisled/sculpted cheekbones. The shades are very similar at first glance but look beautiful when mixed together.

Lips:

NYX Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick in Abu Dhabi

Ducking hell! (quack). For the billionth time, I’ve brought this up on my blog before as well… Oh, just look it up you sexy but lazy human! Thanks. It’s a nude lipstick that makes my lips look plumper (oddly enough).

Eyes:

Double Extension by L’Oréal

I love this and surprise, surprise… I’ve typed up a review about this too. Oh, just leave me here to imagine myself frolicking in fields of Rye, as Joey Essex would say: #norty.

Benefit They’re Real (washed wand)

No, seriously… I am a huge fan of its wand. It really separates the lashes out and declumps well. What’s more, it helps to curl them too and volumise them more.

Finish:

MAC’s Prep & Prime

Okay. I need to be honest… I reviewed this in the past and said some negative things… Well, nothing rude or critical, just that I felt it was overrated. I would like to take everything I said in that post back, now.

Wow. How perceptions change…

Recently, this water has been my saving grace. I love it. I love, love, love it.

It’s refreshing and I’ve noticed a real difference in my skin’s appearance and type. It’s no longer combination, just glowy – in a nice way. Thanks, MAC!

(I even use this as a primer – on its own – sometimes)

Kiehl's

Concentrate! Serum! Amen!

At the age of 25, I have finally discovered the secret to normal and shallow looking nasalobial creases. Another thing, this year was also the realisation year that I have a side of chin dimple/dent thing. I think I know what you’re thinking: “WTF?” It’s okay, because upon looking at thyself in the mirror of all things – I thought the same. How had I not noticed this? Probably because I don’t smile at myself in the mirror like a demented person.

So, anyway, yeah – I found this out by looking at a year or two old image of myself. I was smiling alongside my work colleagues and there it was, very vague, but definitely a chin dimple/dent thingamajig. I know it’s nowhere near as noticeable as John Travolta’s bottom centre one but it’s still there… Weird, huh?

Back to Kiehl’s, I love Kiehl’s – they saved my skin’s life once (acne) and they did it again (nasalobial crease). I might not smile into mirrors, but I definitely smile in life – a lot. If there was a smile-ometre counting how many times I smiled per day, we’re looking at somewhere in the region of 24million (a mil for every hour). So, when I first laid eyes on this concentrated formula brought to us by Kiehl’s, I had to do that thing whereby I BUY IT!

I’m not going to lie, it isnt cheap… But, it’s cheaper and less painful than Botox, so I’ll take it. It’s also natural.

Wow. I can actually say that use after use, my nasalobials look reduced and filled in. To be honest, my nasalobials don’t bother me when I’m smiling because they aren’t noticeable. It’s just when I don’t. When I don’t smile, that’s when they look like a crack in the foundation of the cement of the pavement you walk on. Imagine that, but on my face. Nice.

Moving on (like Theresa May does in fields of Barley when she’s feeling like unleashing her inner #ThugLyf to them farmer lads), if you’re feeling self conscious about fine lines or wrinkles, buy yourself some Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate. It works.

The formula: white liquid, dries clear. The scent: fresh but medicinal-ish? The look: a cute brown bottle.
Size: 50mls cost me £50… That’s literally a pound a ml. Then again, Botox would cost you £300+ for a syringe… Choice is yours.

 

Veet

Are you ready for the Holy Grail of waxing? Wax on. Wax off. Ruby Wax. Wax lyrical. Don’t fax, wax. Wax. Bloomin’ wax! Not ‘shine’ wax – hair removal wax… Did I mention: “wax”? Pay tax. Wax. Alright, enough! I won’t be mentioning the word ‘wax’ again.

Veet. Easy *** strips are just the be-all-and-end-all of a soft, smooth and hairless life… Listen, I’m not going to beat around bushes (probably ’cause I don’t have any after using these strips) but I love them.

They’re cheap, can be bought from anywhere (within reason); I mean, a WINE merchant might not stock them, but Boots and/or Superdrug will.

Aside from the fact that they’re cheap and easily accessible, they’re also very easy to use and relatively painless [if you don’t have much hair]. I mean, if I were to let my hairs overgrow, this’d be a completely different review! I’d probably be slating it for being too painful… 😝

If I had to give constructive criticism, I’d say the results are REALLY sticky. Smooth, good results at a price of sticky. Look, I know what you’re thinking: “it’s hair-removing ***!” [you thought I’d forgotten about the word ban, didn’t you? 😉] I get it, I do, it’s just the wax shouldn’t stick to your face after you’ve ripped it off – should it? Also, should your PJs be sticking to you even after you’ve showered? No, didn’t think so.

I’m not a *word that rhymes with Basement Jaxx* connoisseur but I just didn’t expect it to be that sticky. Having said that, it’s probably* down to the fact that didn’t apply anything prior to waxing. All I did was wash my legs and tapped them dry beforehand.

*definitely

After finding out more, I now realise that talcum powder works better underneath, ’cause it makes it less sticky.

That’s it.

I don’t have much to say except from the fact that they have ones for the face as well as body… Although I don’t use the face ones, I am sure they exist. The ones (pictured) are the type that I own and are suitable for use on those with a sensitive skin-type.

Disclaimer: after using these strips, you’ll feel as though you’re the star of one of their adverts. Trust me! The results are that good.

Tip: don’t overuse them. Wax in general can damage the skin.

This Works, In Transit, Camera Close-Up

I had written a post about this for BFrow… It was a long and good one (much like this is going to be), but it sadly got lost.

I’m sure I didn’t publish it right, so I’m absolutely to blame. Don’t worry though, I’ll get the hang of it. It’s all good!

While we’re on the subject, BFrow is a platform that I’d recommend to all bloggers…

The website allows us to showcase our blogs, create new posts and have them read by 100k users. Linking to our blog posts helps boost SEO and will promote growth in followers, readers and interactions too! If you’d like to create an account or find out more – click here.

Enough faffing about, let’s get back to the main purpose of the post… This Works’ ‘In Transit Camera Close-Up’. This (Works) and is the best cream, primer and mask that I have ever worn… To be fair, it’s also the only three-in-one moisturiser I’ve ever worn. 😆

I absolutely love it. I love its scent: roses. I love its consistency: lightweight. I love its finish: soaks in quickly and dries matte. I love the packaging: unique. Everything about this screams “BUY ME with ALL of your £30something (inc. postage)!”

If you’ve read my Glossybox April post, you’ll know that this was the first time I’d tried it (although I’d had designs on it for years beforehand).

Look, as I’m writing this very review, I currently have one tiny whitehead on my forehead – in-between by brows. I’m a hormonal one strand monobrow-sporting chick at the mo. Alas, it’s all in the name of oestrogen (as well as an unexpected probable extension/belatedness of puberty. I mean, what the hell?! Which 25 year old do you know that still gets some pubescent-esque breakouts?! Oh, and before you ask, I don’t count!

What else do I love about This Works’ Camera Close Up? I love that it leaves my complexion flawless (with the added exception of my temporarily suffering pores). It also has an SPF of 30. In London, that’s perfect ’cause the sun has not only “its hat on“, but the biggest “hat” on; this explains why England’s summer doesn’t last (the hat blocks those rays). Putting the BAN in #RayBans.

Pros: 

  1. Flawless skin before/after makeup in just one use
  2. Smells floral and fragrant
  3. Soothes skin, keeps skin clear and controls the release of our skin’s natural oils
  4. Reduces fine-lines and decreases the visibility of nasalobial creases (that’s the price you pay for spending 25 years+ laughing and smiling at my own jokes, I like laughing at another’s too)
  5. It’s a 3-in-1: this reduces not only the amount of time spent getting ready but the amount of product applied onto our faces too
  6. Victoria Beckham aka ‘Posh Spice’ allegedly uses it
  7. It’s manufactured by a well-respected, highly-rated brand that isn’t overrated nor overpriced considering the results that it gives

Cons:

  1. Conor Maynard
  2. Condoleezza Rice
  3. Matthew Mcconaughey
  4. Coney Island
  5. Ice cream cone
  6. Traffic cone

BB Seaweed

A calming fresh face mask with fresh seaweed, ground almonds, rose absolute and aloe vera to soothe and soften the skin. We also use rosemary oil for its regenerative qualities, kaolin to remove any excess dirt or oil, and millet flakes to gently exfoliate away dead skin as you scrub it off. To use, smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

LUSH describes this as a “calming” mask, I wholeheartedly, facially and bodily agree.

BB Seaweed has nothing to do with a smartphone being wrapped in seaweed (like some Hosomaki) or a documentary about weed on the BBC. Instead, it’s a LUSH fresh face-mask and one of my current faves!

Look, if I didn’t have Rudolph’s nose brightness spread across my face like some form of irrational rash, I wouldn’t have to use this… 😫

My skin felt calm and cool amongst other glorious things. Also, upon washing it off my skin looked radiant, soft and supple to touch and it (Vanessa) Feltz as though it’d been treated to an upmarket facial.

I loved it.

If I had to say anything constructive it’d be that I wasn’t a fan of its consistency. It was like rubbing clay sushi on my face! 🤢However, I’m willing to look past the above critique because BB Seaweed has really helped my skin. I cannot thank LUSH and the BB Seaweed enough.

Beautiful.

This is a special message to bae because I’m conscious that I haven’t mentioned him on my blog today…. What an absolute LEGEND he actually is. Words, letters, numbers, sentences, paragraphs, stanzas, dissertations, thesis’, books, features, reports, articles, newspapers, magazines, grammar, punctuation and alliteration are on the street, you’re B-A-E; the one and OWN-LY.

‘Onomatopoeia’ is my favourite word in English [on curriculum] and if I had to describe bae using it I’d choose “WHAM!” cos a few Christmases ago I gave him my heart… 💖

Last but by no means least, consonants are underrated. Vowels spell out “I” and “U” but consonants, when put together, can put the “WE” in WE belong together.